HMD Global is reportedly holding a launch event on January 19 in China to show off its latest goods. The Nokia 9 is expected to make an appearance, as is a 2018 edition of the Nokia 8.
This is the first we’ve heard of an updated version of the Nokia 8. Both the second-gen iteration of the phone and the Nokia 9 will probably run on a heavily skinned version of Android specifically for Chinese audiences. HMD Global might just launch the 2 separately at the MWC 2018 like it did last year for the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, and Nokia 3’s global unveiling.
The Nokia 8 (2018) and Nokia 9 are apparently ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack, leaving users to listen to music through the USB Type-C port. The two are said to boast of trendy 18:9 aspect ratios as well. The original variant of the former had a headphone jack and a standard 16:9 screen, so the upcoming model should be pretty different at least in terms of looks.
Nokia is supposedly sticking to a Snapdragon 835 processor for the pair, in addition to IP67 certification against dust and water. Dual cameras can be taken for granted, though it’s unclear what improvements the brand will announce.
The Nokia 9 could be priced at CNY 3699 (roughly $560 or Rs 35980) for the 64GB/6GB option and CNY 4199 (approx $635 or Rs 40840) for the 128GB/6GB one. There’s no corresponding information for the Nokia 8 (2018). We’ll just have to wait and see whether the report holds up come January.